2016 proved to be the year where The Lumineers threw away any suggestion of a sophomore slump. Their sophomore LP Cleopatra recently crossed the 500,000 mark in sales.
2016 proved to be the year where The Lumineers threw away any suggestion of a sophomore slump. Their sophomore LP Cleopatra, released last April via Dualtone Records, (an Entertainment One company,) recently crossed the 500,000 mark in sales, and was fueled by the chart topping platinum single “Ophelia,” which according to Billboard, “… is the biggest rock radio single of 2016, ranking at No. 1 on the year-end Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs and Adult Alternative Songs charts. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April, besting the No. 2 peak of the act’s 2012 eponymous breakthrough.
The New York Times wrote of Cleopatra that it was “a valiant turn inward.” And Entertainment Weekly said “While the raw, jangly guitars, parlor-room piano chords, and marching band snare rolls from the first record remain intact, Cleopatra has a welcome, added heft.”
Other highlights of 2016 were a sold-out US tour, appearing twice at the White House and performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Steven Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and Good Morning America.
The momentum from 2016 looks to be continuing on in 2017 where the band will be on their first-ever arena tour throughout the US. Tickets are selling briskly for the dates with the band recently adding a second night at the legendary Madison Square Garden after a first show was sold out in mere hours.